1980 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Lotus Esprit Turbo
By the conclusion of 1980, Lotus were efficaciously edifice leash dissimilar models of Esprit, with discrete form designs and consistence moulds – the Domesticated (i.e. UK) S2.2, the Exportation S2.2, and the dry-sump Turbo Esprit. Introduced in April 1981, the Turbo Esprit and S3 (Serial 3) Esprits pronounced a necessity integration: both new models had a commons bod, inheriting often of the form of the Essex cars, whilst consistence output was based on a individual green set of moulds.
The S3 continued to use the 2.2 L case 910 locomotive of the S2.2, whilst the Turbo Esprit reverted to a less composite wet-sump lubrication scheme, retaining the superpower and torsion outputs of its dry-sump herald. The upcountry for both cars was revised and featured new reduce; combined with changes to the consistency moulds this resulted in more headway and an hypertrophied footwell. Outwardly, the Turbo Esprit maintained the total flowing personify kit of the Essex cars, and featured striking ‘turbo esprit’ decals exactly and sides; the S3 gained the more strong bumpers, yet maintained the simpler sill demarcation and shiny bum brood of the S2.2 consistence panache. Both models were supplied with 15″ BBS debase wheels.
In April 1986, the last incarnations of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit were proclaimed, with embossed locomotive densification freehanded raise to their ‘HC’ soubriquet. This increased the production of the course aspirated locomotive to 172 h.p. (128 kW) and 160 lb·ft (220 N·m) for the Esprit HC, and to 215 hp (160 kW) and 220 lb·ft (300 N·m) for the Turbo Esprit HC, with the increased torsion useable at a glower rpm. For markets with tight emissions requirements, Lotus introduced the HCi variation, teaming the higher compressing locomotive with Bosch KE-Jetronic fire injectant – the get-go fuel-injected Esprits.
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